In the summer of 1917, US troops join the allied forces in the Great War. Back in Sunset Cove, Oregon, other battles wage. Anna McDowell continues to fight old fashioned stereotypes as she runs a newspaper committed to truth. Despite opposition, she’s determined to expose ongoing rum-running and prohibition lawlessness. Adding to Anna’s frustrations, her good friend Dr. Daniel seems to run hot and cold. He loves Oregon, and maybe Anna too, but he’s pulled by his East Coast family responsibilities. Even the lure of a new modern Sunset Cove hospital doesn’t seem enough to keep him in Sunset Cove. Meanwhile, Anna’s strong-willed daughter Katy continues to develop her dress shop by inviting family friend Sarah Rose to help out. But the woman’s presence tests the small town’s tolerance. And Anna’s concern that her daughter is growing up too fast is confirmed when Katy’s romantic life takes an unexpected turn, which Anna fears is influenced by the pressure of a devastating war that is not only changing the entire world but Sunset Cove as well.
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Surf Smugglers is book three in a series. It is best to read them in order but it’s not completely necessary to this story. It would just add a better understanding of the characters and previous events mentioned. I enjoyed this book. It’s a love story and mystery and adventure all in one. I like how it takes place in a small town where everyone knows each other. Both Anna and Katy are working hard to provide for themselves. I enjoyed both the characters. Hard to decide which one I liked best. Some of the other characters I didn’t like. Melody Carlson did a good job creating them. Surf Smugglers takes place during World War one about the time America gets involved. I liked how Melody Carlson weaves biblical truth throughout the story. Things like forgiveness, second changes and a worry free life are seen in this book.
It’s an enjoyable story and I look forward to reading more from Melody Carlson.
I recommend this book to my family and friends.
I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
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